• Class Number 3958
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne
    • Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

Growing from a principality in the 13th century into a multiethnic empire spread across three continents at the peak of its territorial expansion in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Ottoman Empire collapsed after the First World War, leaving complex legacies in the Balkans, the Middle East and not least in Turkey. The course will introduce interrelated themes regarding the political, social and cultural life and afterlife of the Empire, focusing particularly on the long nineteenth century which was marked by rapid transformations of every aspect of Ottoman politics and society. The course will encourage a critical assessment of modernisation and modernity through Ottoman intellectual, social and cultural histories and will provide fundamental tools for understanding modern Turkey as well as other nation-states emerging from the Ottoman Empire.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. deconstruct and analyse the concepts of modernity and their impact on Ottoman thought, politics and culture;
  2. identify and reflect on primary evidence that relates to the process of Ottoman modernisation;
  3. identify and reflect on the transformation of Ottoman political, administrative, judiciary and military systems within the wider historical perspective;
  4. utilise concepts of gender, class, ethnicity and religion to explain transition from the Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic; and
  5. evaluate historiographical trends in study of the Ottoman Empire.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • verbal comments to groups as formative feedback
  • written comments on the wiki submissions

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course
2 Ottoman Empire through Western eyes
3 Tanzimat and modernisation
4 Islam and Ottoman thinking
5 State and institutions Group wiki submission 1, due 27 March, 23.59pm (25%)
6 Law, order and economy
7 Race, ethnicity, religion
8 Gender and sexuality
9 Everyday life
10 Art and architecture
11 From Empire to nation-states Group wiki submission 2, due 22 May, 23.59pm (25%)
12 Ottoman Empire in popular culture Book review, due 5 June, 23.59pm (40%)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % * * 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Group wiki submission 1 (1500-1800 words) 25 % 27/03/2022 10/04/2022 1, 2, 3
Group wiki submission 2 (1500-1800 words) 25 % 22/05/2022 05/06/2022 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Book review (2500 words) 40 % 05/06/2022 19/06/2022 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


The tutorials will be structured as workshops, allowing students to collaborate in order to choose their artefact for Assessment 2 and put in place a research strategy for their wiki. Participation in the tutorial activities is essential in order to receive formative feedback and a participation mark.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 27/03/2022
Return of Assessment: 10/04/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Group wiki submission 1 (1500-1800 words)

Students will be assigned groups in Week 2. Every week the group will choose an artefact that has relevance to the topics of week 3-5 (either a written primary source or an object) and share the task of research and writing. They will write 3 wiki posts (500-600 words per week and images) that analyses the artefact. This will enable students to develop research and communication skills, translating academic research into engaging and informative resource for general public. Students will be assessed both for their collective effort and their individual contribution.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 22/05/2022
Return of Assessment: 05/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Group wiki submission 2 (1500-1800 words)

Students will repeat the activity to cover the topics in the second half of the semester. They will submit 3 wiki posts (500-600 words each) that relate to topics covered between week 7-11.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 05/06/2022
Return of Assessment: 19/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Book review (2500 words)

Students will choose an academic book about Ottoman history. Their choice will be approved by the lecturer by week 6. They will write a critical review of the book showing their ability to locate the work within broader historiography and critically assess the argument of the book and its original contribution to the field. This will enable them to demonstrate the knowledge and critical thinking skills that they will have acquired during the semester and give them the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the topic that they choose.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne

Research Interests

Turkish History, Migrant Cultural Studies, Memory Studies, Imperial and Postcolonial Studies

Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne

Tuesday 14:00 16:00
Tuesday 14:00 16:00
Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne

Research Interests

Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne

Tuesday 14:00 16:00
Tuesday 14:00 16:00

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